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Old 05-15-2017, 19:16   #1
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I thought I should post this in case there are others like me. I was recently diagnosed with T2 . You see, I didn't have the classic symptoms. I didn't have the dire thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, lethargy, etc. I exercise and have lost 10 lbs so far. My thyroid is normal, my liver and kidneys are healthy. My eyes are healthy except that I need glasses. Even my colonoscopy went well. Why would I worry about diabetes?

I went into full blown menopause at 56 yrs. Sometime between then and 2 years ago (58 yrs) I developed dry eye and dry mouth. Both of these are symptoms of menopause and diabetes. I chalked it up to menopause. Maybe I was in denial. I wish I would have been diligent about my health. I should have gone to the doctor as soon as I went into menopause. Diabetes runs in my family. My parents were diabetic. What was I thinking?

My younger brother was diagnosed last year. Like me, he had no symptoms. The only incident that made him take a trip to the doctor was a bad UTI. That's how they discovered his diabetes. His "D" is diet controlled. He's been doing very well, and he has a lot of willpower. He doesn't cheat. That's something that I have to really work on.

I scared my cousin recently. She told me that she doesn't worry because she takes her BG from time to time, and it's within range. She didn't give me any numbers. When I asked about her A1Cs, she said that she had not tested in a while. I told her that my brother, who harbored no symptoms before the UTI, had a resting BG of 104. Most people would ignore that. His A1C was 8.5. You can't go by the BG alone.

I guess the point of my post is that if it runs in your family, get tested. If you haven't done blood work in a while, do it. Don't wait until you are feeling sick. Remember, my brother and I didn't have the typical symptoms. The only reason I went to the dr was because I changed insurances and changed my primary care dr. Someday, I hope to quit beating myself up .

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I had no symptoms either. But my diabetes wasn't that far along when at 63 yrs lab test showed a fasting of 170 - but levels (fasting and A1C) were normal all the years before that.

The very fact that I had weight problems almost all my life indicated that I've had insulin resistance all this time. I had reactive hypoglycemia about a decade before diagnosis and controlled it with low-carb eating. After a while I went back to carb-based eating. If I had been more knowledgeable back then I'd have stayed on low-carb from that point on. But I wasn't. (Who is???) And with so many factors influencing one developing diabetes (not just diet) I may have developed it anyway.

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I wish I had known a long time ago that there's diabetes (and a bunch of other medical crap) in my family. Why didnt I know? I was adopted at birth into a disgustingly healthy family! Theres No diabetes in my adoptive family at all, nor obesity, nor arthritis, nor high blood pressure. Anyway, I found (via Ancestry DNA late last year) my birth father's family and oh boy... diabetes everywhere. I have two cousins, and a niece and nephew as well as their kids who have it. Apparently my grandmother had it as well and the odd Aunt and great aunt.

Loved finding that I have two half brothers (one has diabetes, but we dont communicate, he doesnt believe the DNA results) but not so much about the familial health issues.

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